Farm records were still kept on paper in December 1981, when a Manitoba Agriculture ad invited farmers to talk to their ag rep about the new farm record book.
Our Dec. 3 edition reported that 38-year-old former RCMP officer Bill Uruski of Poplarfield had been appointed as the new minister of agriculture in the Howard Pawley NDP government. Uruski lost little time in declaring support for Saskatchewan’s fight to maintain the Crow rate and oppose plant breeders’ rights legislation.
Farm taxation was also in the news — the Canadian Federation of Agriculture had written Finance Minister Allen MacEachen saying that eliminating income-averaging annuity provisions would have a devastating effect on farmers approaching retirement.
Statistics Canada reported that it had been a bumper crop in Canada that year, with record production in wheat, barley, rye, grain corn and sugar beets. The average wheat yield was 29.8 bushels per acre. However, the Manitoba sugar beet crop was not part of the record — we reported that wet weather and warm storage conditions could reduce the crop by 10 to 15 per cent.
On the same page was a story that the Manitoba Corn Growers Association had begun to offer cash advances from a fund of up to $3 million.
After a meeting in Brandon, organic farmers had decided to form a new organization — organizers said they had identified about 80 potential Manitoba members.
Also in Brandon, the Manitoba Agricultural Hall of Fame signed an agreement with the Keystone Centre to house the plaques with the citations of its members.